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NBCU Breakfast: SJP, Andy Cohen, and Keeping It Real When Marketing to Moms

Bravo's Andy Cohen, Sarah Jessica Parker, NBC News' Andrea Mitchell (who moderated the panel discussion), and Lauren Zalaznick, chairman, Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media at NBCUniversal Photo by: Jason DeCrow/NBCUniversal

Moms, moms, moms. That seems to be the hot topic at Advertising Week. This morning, ladies (and a few gentlemen) gathered near Herald Square at the semi-annual Women at NBCU “Power of the Purse” breakfast for a panel discussion on marketing to moms. But first @BravoAndy and Sarah Jessica Parker did a Q&A! It was like an episode of Watch What Happens Live, but live.

During a quick word association, SJP said shoes are a “necessity” and Michelle Bachmann is “foreign.” Then she said her shoes were Roger Vivier. Then she did a cute impersonation of her two-year-old daughter Tabitha and talked about Matthew Broderick. And finally, she said SATC’s Carrie Bradshaw reminded her of female characters in turn-of-the-century books. “Those women who looked a certain way, but inside there was a whole different complication.” Yay!

But back to the topic at hand — marketing to women. The on-stage conversations often turned to some new stats from a Women at NBCU survey: 49 percent of the mothers surveyed said they aspire to be “traditional”; only 12 percent said they feel they’re accurately portrayed in advertising; and the “breakdown of the traditional family” was the second most serious problem identified, after drug use. (Women at NBCU surveyed 3,224 moms and 403 dads this summer and conducted focus groups and at-home visits.)

SJP said that she considered herself traditional despite her job. “There’s no archetype we can market to,” she said. “You can’t be all things to all people. You have to speak to a truth.”

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Roll Call: Zócalo Group, Ketchum, Voce, and More

Hugo Pérez has joined Zócalo Group as VP and account director of Hispanic marketing. He will lead the firm’s WOM and social media efforts targeting the Hispanic marketing. Pérez is a former journalist who has worked at NBC, CBS, MSNBC, and MSNBC.com. He also has comms experience, working with organizations including Mars, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, and the Latin Grammys.

Marc Levy is joining Ketchum New York as SVP of insights and creative catalyst responsible for providing counsel to account teams as they develop client initiatives. Previously, Levy was EVP and U.S. creative director at Cohn & Wolfe. He also previously worked with Ketchum between 1995 and 2001 in the firm’s brand practice.

Christopher Barger will join Voce Communications as SVP of global programs beginning April 11. Most recently, he was director of global social media at GM. While at the auto company, he focused on social media content and community development and providing training to GM staffers. Ad Age has a Q&A with Barger here.

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